West Point Foundry Preserve Park Opens to the Public


Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects announces the opening of its West Point Foundry Preserve project in the Village of Cold Spring, New York. Located on a dramatic 87-acre, forested site along the Hudson River, the $3.6M sustainable park interprets the locale’s historic ruins while respecting and revealing its industrial and ecological history. Scenic Hudson, the largest environmental group focused on protecting and restoring the Hudson Valley, owns the preserve and commissioned Mathews Nielsen for the project, which was supported in part by a Preserve America grant.

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This Week In Landscape | 1 September 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world. Send your news, links and events to contribute@worldlandscapearchitect.com


Infrared Image New York | Image Credit Nickolay Lamm @ Storagefront.com

Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape | Wired  When summer temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, cities take a bigger beating than the rest of the landscape. This urban heat effect is especially brutal in big, dense, concrete-dominated cities like New York.

Local landscape architect calls for improved landscape quality | James Qualtrough | Isle News
“‘It’s never been more important to plant trees in gardens, streets and parks. We need to introduce better planning and management of our green areas to encourage more people to take action.”

Native plants are a priority | Rebecca Trigger | The West Australian
Landscape architects are looking to native species as they manage restricted water access in a drying climate.

Delhi’s upcoming park to rival New York’s Central Park | The Economic Times
“In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities.An intricate Mughal garden is being created.”

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EVENT | ENYA 2014 Biennial Ideas Competition | Launch Party | 22 August

Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) is holding a launch party on 22 August for their  2014 Biennial Ideas Competition –  QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The QueensWay is an abandoned elevated railway snaking through some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. To successfully transform the QueensWay into a viable green space, the design must include a strong connection between the proposed elevated park and the adjacent urban fabric below.

The QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm ideas competition seeks proposals which envision this vertical connection as a community hub which extends the street activity up to the future park.

At the launch party, ENYA will be presenting the premise of the competition. Comments will also be made by Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land and representatives of Friends of the QueensWay.


The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place NY, NY 10012

ENYA supports Friends of the Queensway and the Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform the QueensWay into a park.

This Week In Landscape | 7 July 2013

Another week of landscape links from the web


Utrecht, On 5 July Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park. © ANP; foto: Robin Utrecht

Koningin opent Maximapark in Leidsche Rijn [Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park]
On Friday July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Máxima  opened Maxima Park in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, Netherlands. The park is a 300-hectare green area in the middle of the Leidsche Rijn designed by West 8.

Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park Benches | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
““When I came to New York in the 1970s, at client told me, ‘Do whatever you want, but no benches,’ ” said Tom Balsley, a prominent landscape architect who designed Riverside Park South,”

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Skip Descant | mydesert.com
“The airport plans to replace some 80 percent of its lawn areas with desertscape, according to a landscape plan”

Greener landscapes through design, maintenance | Larisa Brass | knoxsvillebiz.com
“Sustainable landscape design “means different things to different people,” says Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, founder and principal of Hedstrom Design, a Knoxville landscape architecture firm.”

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Alex Bozikovic | The Globe and Mail
Landscape architect Scott Torrance, who designed the garden with Levitt Goodman Architects, says the design makes a point: “Nature is luxury. … We took out a lawn and replaced it with a garden;

Chenshan Botanical Garden launches orchard plan | China Daily
Chenshan Botanical Garden Shanghai recently launched a plan to set up a 22,500-square-meter orchard, which will be one of the largest orchards for horticulture and fruit-picking in Shanghai.

Architekturbüro aus Krefeld gestaltet Platz am Bürgerhaus | Wa.de [German]
Ein Architekturbüro aus Krefeld hat den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung des Platzes vor dem Nordkirchener Bürgerhaus gewonnen.

IMAGE CREDIT | © ANP; foto/image: Robin Utrecht. Image Courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

Water Works Park shortlist announced

Minneapolis Parks Foundation recently announced the shorlist  for the Water Works park schematic design project. The three shortlisted teams include

  • Gustafson Guthrie Nicol with VJAA and Interboro (Seattle/Minneapolis/New York);
  • SCAPE with Rogers Marvel (New York);
  • Team West 8 (Rotterdam/New York).

A five-member Designer Selection Committee chose the teams from a pool of 27 responses representing seven U.S. states and five European countries to the April RFP for schematic design for a new urban park on “America’s fourth coast.”

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International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park

Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна "Стрелка" / Сергей Леонтьев © Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

The building of Zaryadye Park (Зарядье) is a landmark initiative of the Moscow City Government and has commissioned an international competition to develop the site. Zaryadye will be the first public park built in Moscow for over 50 years. It stands alongside the development of Ground Zero in New York, the reconstruction of the Reichstag in Berlin and the competition for a new cultural district in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.

International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park is a two-stage competition. The first stage is the Pre-qualification stage — six teams will be selected to participate in the second stage. The second stage is the Concept competition — selection of the winner and the finalists (second and third places).

We are inviting architects, landscape architects and urban planners, who can bring together multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the fields of engineering, management of public spaces, entertainment industry, cultural programming, economy, sociology, anthropology, dendrology, ecology and wildlife management.

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VIDEO | Paris using sheep to maintain park lawns

New York Times reports on the City of Paris using sheep to maintain park lawns. Paris is turning back the clock. Many parks around the world previously used sheep to maintain lawns including Central Park where sheep grazed from 1860’s until the mid-1930’s. (Video Source | New York Times | Length 2:05)

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